Celebrities call for the safety of Afghans as the Taliban take control of Kabul

Celebrities call for the safety of Afghans as the Taliban take control of Kabul

Many urged people to pray for the women and children of Afghanistan.
16 Aug, 2021

Kabul has fallen into the hands of the Taliban, leaving thousands of Afghans looking for a way to leave the country.

President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday as the militants entered the capital virtually unopposed, saying he wanted to avoid bloodshed, while hundreds of Afghans were desperate to leave flooded Kabul airport.

As the news spreads, millions of Afghans are scared for their lives. In Pakistan, people are praying for their neighbours and expressing their shock at the events unfolding in the country.

Celebrities also took to social media to comment on the situation in Afghanistan.

Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai said she is deeply worried about women, minorities and human rights advocates in Afghanistan.

"Global, regional and local powers must call for an immediate ceasefire, provide urgent humanitarian aid and protect refugees and civilians," she urged.

"The world has failed the men, women and children of Afghanistan," Aseefa Bhutto Zardari wrote on Twitter.

In pictures: The Fall of Kabul

Videos of people swarming the Kabul airport had a pit forming in model Zara Peerzada's stomach. She called them "a people abandoned, desperately trying to flee to some kind of safety.

It’s a dark day for Afghanistan today, wrote Churails star Sarwat Gilani. “Please pray for the safety of Afghan children and women!”

RJ Sabah Bano Malik called on people to stand with Afghanistan and Kashmir the same way they stand with Palestine.

“All occupied by forces they do not want. All occupied by people who ignore their dignity and who are making the decisions for them and robbing them of their basic human rights. All hurting,” she said.

RJ Anoushey Ashraf shared a BBC story on Instagram and wrote that heart wrenching stories were coming out of Afghanistan.

As foreigners are being evacuated from Afghanistan, we urge you to spare a thought for the Afghan nationals trapped there.